Representatives from Passport Health Plan, along with Leadership Grayson County hosted Thursday’s Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the Centre on Main, where a new local Passport board member was announced, along with the 2012 Leadership class and the new Executive Director of the Grayson County Chamber of Commerce.
Passport’s Chief Executive Officer, Mark B. Carter, spoke to the group about the non-profit organization’s service in central Kentucky. The group serves 16 counties, including Grayson, and provides health care for around 5,000 Grayson County residents - about 20 percent of the county’s population.
Carter explained that through the group’s partnerships with hospitals, primary care providers and a large number of specialty physicians, they are able to provide excellent quality healthcare to residents who would otherwise not have healthcare.
Carter boasted of the group’s #13 ranking among similar agencies country-wide, adding that all but two of the top 100 ranked companies were located in either New England or the West Coast, which makes Passport’s excellent slot an even more powerful accomplishment.
It was also announced that local business-owner Steven Elder has joined the Passport Health Plan Board.
Elder said of the group, “Passport Health Plan truly brings the community together. Their committee and board structures allow concerned citizens like myself to bring perspectives to the table and work collaboratively to find innovative solutions that work for everyone.”
Another exciting announcement for the Elder family was the reveal of the new Executive Director of the Grayson County Chamber of Commerce, his wife, Tara Elder.
Tara will be stepping into the shoes of former Director Caryn Lewis, who is leaving the position to work for the Grayson County School System.
Before Caryn’s departure, however, she had the opportunity to announce this year’s Leadership Grayson County class, which includes: April Bowman, with Wilson & Muir; LaShawn Cole-Hack, with Head Start; Tara Elder, with Grayson County Chamber of Commerce; Kindra Ewing-Jones, with Grayson County Extension Office; Valerie Farris, with Elder Wealth management; Alicia Harrell, with City of Leitchfield; Lisa Jones, with Grayson County Public Library; Amanda Joyce; Jessica Kelley, with Carter Harrell State Farm; Ellis Kiper, with Rocky-K Log Homes; Harold Miller, with WRECC; Trish Niles, with Mid-Park, Inc.; Carrie Petrocelli, with Twin Lakes Home Health; Natalie Taul, with Grayson County Extension Office; and Christopher Wilborn, with United Way of Central Kentucky.